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Stress and Hair Loss

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Stress and Hair Loss




Stress…seems like everybody has it, to a certain level, whether it be from professional or personal demands. But, can stress actually contribute to hair loss? The short answer is “yes.”





Why Does This Happen?

Stress related hair loss that results from physical and emotional stressors is called telogen effluvium, when people experience large amounts of stress, hair follicles are forced into a resting period. As a result, the hair begins to shed, causing the appearance of thinning, which can be more prominent in certain areas of the scalp than others. The most important thing to remember during high stress periods is trying to manage your stress level, and not the hair loss associated with stress directly.

There Are a Number of Ways to Manage Your Stress, Including


  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Discussing Stress/Mental Health With Your Doctor


When Should I be Concerned?

The average person loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. This is completely normal, and compared with the total number of hairs on your head (about 150,000) however, shedding is considered a problem when it becomes excessive. If you notice more strands than usual coming out when you comb or wash your hair or if you see reduced thickness in one area or throughout your scalp, you should schedule a free consultation with Christoffels and we can begin to talk with you about treatment options. Handling your stress should be your most important goal. If you cannot seem to get your stress under control and your hair loss has picked up, Christoffels is here for you.


Source – Huffington Post

How to go Vegan WITHOUT Losing Your Hair

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By Lew Hutchinson

So you have decided to go vegan. There may be some health concerns that you need to be aware of. One of the common issues that is associated with going began is hair loss. For those that decide to go vegan, during the initial transition period, hair loss is often something that is experienced. There is good news and that is hair loss due to going vegan is preventable. Here are some of the reasons vegans lose their hair and how to avoid it happening to you.

Low Protein

Going vegan means cutting all meat out of your diet as well as all animal byproducts. This change can lead to a sudden drop in protein intake. When your body has low protein levels, one of the first things your body does is to stop hair growth to conserve energy for more essential body functions. If you have a severe loss of protein from your system, that can cause you to lose hair.

Nutrient Deficiency

When you go vegan, your diet takes on some drastic changes and some of those changes can result in nutrient deficiency. Iron, which is commonly found in whole grains and red meat, is often an issue for those that go vegan. Having an iron as well as other vitamin deficiencies can lead to you having hair loss. Your body will cut hair growth to save energy for other body functions, so it is very important to watch your diet closely to avoid nutrient deficiency.

Rapid Weight Loss

Rapid weight loss is common for new vegans. This happens because you cut out of your diet most of the fattening aspects. This rapid weight loss can put a tremendous amount of stress on your body and this stress can cause confusion to your system and can disrupt your body’s natural processes. This disruption can lead to you suffering hair loss.

Thyroid Problems

Anyone who goes vegan often has an increase in his or her soy intake. If you suffer with thyroid problems, soy can greatly worsen this issue. The problem is made worse when your body is low on iodine. When you have thyroid problems, soy can greatly worsen this issue. The problem is made worse when your body is low on iodine. When you have thyroid problems, these often result in hair thinning. If you do have a thyroid issue and you want to go vegan it is very important that you monitor your soy intake and iodine levels.

Eat Nutrient Rich Foods

When you are on a vegan diet you need to be careful because you can lose vital nutrients. One way to solve this is to eat foods that are high in nutrients that you may be lacking. Items like carrots, which are a great source of vitamin C, and walnuts are a good source of vitamin E. Other foods like Bok Choy, spinach, and other leafy greens can provide you with the iron your body needs. By eating nutritious foods you give your body the essentials it needs and you avoid your body from stopping hair growth.

Watch Your Protein Intake

When you eliminate meat and animal byproducts from your diet, the result can be a lack of protein. There are a number of foods you can eat to give your body the protein it needs like quinoa, lentils, black beans and chai seeds. These protein rich foods also are high in other important vitamins that can improve your body’s over all health and help promote hair growth.

Take Supplements

For many vegans just monitoring your diet isn’t always enough to ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients your body needs. Taking a multi-vitamin and supplements can help a lot to make up for any deficiencies you may have. If you have thyroid problems, you may also consider taking iodine supplements to avoid hair loss that can be caused by your soy intake.

Monitor Your Caloric Intake

When you go vegan you cut out a lot of food that are high in calories. As a result, you will need to eat much more than you are used to earing. It is important for you to monitor the amount of calories you intake to avoid rapid weight lost. While you might be looking forward to losing some weight by going vegan, rapid weight loss can be harmful to your body and it can lead to hair loss.

Lew Hutchinson is the President of Invisons of Connecticut, Hair Loss Specialists in Middlebury, Connecticut. Lew has a dedicated his life to hair restoration and provides non-surgical hair replacement, and hair loss prevention treatments to both men and women.

Article previously published in “The Link” magazine article #25.

It’s Time to Act!

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Watch this video and see how easy and comfortable our hair graft solution is!

Now is your chance to discover how Christoffels can renew your self-confidence and provide you with the perfect hair loss solution. A graft is a non-surgical, semi-permanent hairpiece that is applied to the balding area of the scalp. It’s made with human hair looped into a transparent skin-like material matching the naturalness of an individual’s hair. Like natural hair, it is maintained through regular visits similar to when an individual would need a haircut. The graft is applied securely and has the feeling of being part of you, allowing you to do all of your normal activities!

If you would like more information on the graft process, call Christoffels Hair Restoration at 605-334-7026 and find out how we can help with your transformation!

Join Our Team!

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We are expanding and looking to add another Licensed Hair Stylist to our team! Christoffels Hair Restoration is a full service hair loss studio in Sioux Falls, SD, that is committed to providing the best products and experience possible when designing hair and working with clients who face hair loss.

We are seeking a licensed, motivated hair stylist with the desire to move from a regular salon setting to be trained in the specialty of hair replacement.

All training is provided and benefits are offered. If you desire to advance in your career and see yourself as a team player, advancement opportunities are available. We offer flexible hours with weekends off in a professional progressive environment.

Hair Stylist Job Responsibilities:

This position goes beyond the basics of hair styling, and the stylist must be willing to specialize in hair loss needs for men and women.

  • Must have a cosmetology degree or soon to complete.
  • Willingness to learn all aspects of hair replacement
  • Hair styling services
  • Cutting and delivering hair additions
  • Work well in a team environment
  • Coachable


  • Flexible Hours
  • Hourly Wage
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Professional environment
  • Good team spirit

If you are the right fit for this position, please pick up an application from our office.

Thank you,
Christoffels Hair Restoration
3300 East 26th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

we are hiring

Give the Perfect Gift

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The hands free HairMax® LaserBand is one of the world’s fastest laser treatments for hair loss. It works by cradling your scalp and nourishing it with laser light energizing and revitalizing your hair follicles to regrow hair. In just 90 seconds you can treat your entire scalp, or target your problem areas!


  • Stimulates Hair Growth
  • Treats Hair Loss
  • Increases Density and Fullness
  • Revitalizes Damaged Hair
  • Reverses the Thinning Process
  • No Adverse Side Effects
  • Drug-free Treatment
  • FDA Cleared* for Men and Women


  • 82 Professional Strength Medical Grade Lasers
  • Less than 90 Second Treatment Time
  • Curved Band Design Ensures Uniform and Even Laser Coverage
  • Patented Teeth Effectively Parts Hair Ensuring Maximum Delivery of Therapeutic Light to Your Scalp
  • Cordless and Lightweight for Comfort and Freedom of Movement
  • Rechargeable Battery

If you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss, get the new HairMax® Laserband this holiday season and receive a one-time $100 off until December 22nd! It’s the gift that keeps giving by stimulating new hair growth and increasing hair density giving healthier, fuller, and more attractive hair! Don’t miss out on this limited time offer, call or stop in today!


Mitchell’s Story

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Last year, Mitchell came to Christoffels Hair Restoration to get help after experiencing hair loss. Mitchell’s family has chosen Christoffels for almost 30 years to help them restore confidence after suffering from hair loss. First came his grandfather, followed by his father, and now Mitchell. Making them part of the Christoffels’ family for over three decades.

Mitchell is a very public person who is involved in television appearances, judging national beauty pageants and participating in other public speaking events. Being in the public eye, it was important how Mitchell felt about himself. In many ways Mitchell felt comfortable with who he was, but like many of our clients, he sensed that his hair loss was affecting his self-confidence in a negative way.

Mitchell knew there were solutions to his hair loss and after doing research, decided on Christoffels Hair Restoration. We scheduled an initial consultation and found that he enjoyed spending time on his hair as well as the ability to try new, trendy styles. With a semi-permanent non-surgical procedure, Mitchell has the ability to wear his hair in different styles and continue his same level of activity and lifestyle.

Mitchell is open about his hair loss and restoration, so he has enjoyed the compliments and people figuring out the difference in his look and renewed self-confidence.

If you identify with Mitchell, check out his video and call Christoffels Hair Restoration to discover how we can help with your transformation.

Can You Predict Hair Loss?

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There are many myths surrounding hair loss that tend to make people wonder if they will go bald. Some of these myths are: I will become bald if I wear a cap, I will become bald from using styling products on my hair, or I will become bald if my mother’s side of the family deals with hair loss. Christoffels Hair Restoration has been recognized as leaders in the industry because of their honest, caring, and open approach to hair loss. Because of all of these accomplishments, we would like to clear up some popular myths.

Hair loss is not caused by wearing a cap, styling your hair, or necessarily only passed down from your mother’s side of the family. It is true that hereditary hair loss is more dominant when it stems from the female side of the family, but research suggests that if a male’s father is bald, the male is more likely to develop male pattern baldness.

What causes hair loss?

The major cause of hair loss is DHT (Di-Hydro-Testosterone). Once DHT binds to the androgen receptors, the receptors are no longer able to receive nutrients and energy, which is essential for healthy hair growth. As the DHT continues to cut off the flow of nutrients and energy, the hair eventually dies and falls out. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

Hair loss continued.

The process of hair loss can be slow and continue to gradually expand over time, or can happen rapidly resulting in hair falling out in large masses. Approximately one-third to one-half of all people has hair loss in their lifetime. The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year.

How to tackle hair loss.

After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question where they can go for help and whom they can trust for honest information. The professionals at Christoffels Hair Restoration are able to examine the scalp and hair in a holistic way. We evaluate clients based on their personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environment conditions. Based on this evaluation and consultation we can suggest individualized cosmetic solutions, give nutritional advice and recommend lifestyle changes to improve the health and appearance of an individuals hair and scalp. Most men treat their hair loss between ages 20 and 55, but it’s becoming more popular for men to do so after age 55. Most women treat their hair loss between ages 35 and 70, and even some as young as 25.

The results we see every day at Christoffels Hair Restoration prove the importance of starting treatment early.  The earlier we start the treatment against D.H.T., the better we can control hair loss.

Benefits of Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

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Hair loss can appear at any point during a man or woman’s lifetime, starting from a very young age or developing over time. Most men and women who experience hair loss will notice thinning hair and baldness throughout their lifetimes, and will become concerned. After noticing the signs of hair loss, people question what options they have. At Christoffels Hair Restoration, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, we have realized that hair replacement solutions are not the same for women as those for men, and we have options for both genders. We also realize that every situation is different and require different procedures, therefore we offer non-surgical and surgical options to meet everyone’s needs. When you come in for your free, private consultation we will discuss the differences between the options, but here are some facts of non-surgical treatments to consider:

·      No Extra Medical Attention – While surgical hair restoration requires actual surgical procedures and other medical treatments, non-surgical options are easy on the patient and don’t require anything medical.

·      Faster Recovery Time – While surgical treatments take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours to complete, and 12 months to see the final results, non-surgical options take as little as two hours to complete.

·      No Post-Surgery Complications – There is no transplantation involved in non-surgical treatments, so there is no risk for infections, swelling or bleeding in the process. The patient will leave without any open wounds or sores.

·      Customizable and Reversible- Your custom hair is created to your exact age-appropriate specifications, based upon your desires, expectations, and lifestyle. The result is that your individually customized hair restores your natural appearance as though the hair is growing naturally out of your scalp, with a totally naturally looking hairline, and a completely natural feel to the touch.

·      Less Risk – Semi-permanent, non-surgical options allow you to have a full head of hair that looks and reacts like you own growing hair. When using a non-surgical option you are not limited to a specific hairstyle or to how much hair you can have. Our specialist will help you choose a hairstyle that meets your expectations, as well as design a hairstyle that is appropriate for you. Non-surgical options can be used in the early stages of hair loss or if your hair loss is more advanced. This is also a good option for people suffering with hair loss due to medical reasons such as alopecia or chemotherapy.
The number of individuals affected by hair loss continues to rise, increasing by 10% in the last year. Ninety-seven percent of hair loss with males is caused by male pattern baldness, and 70% of female hair loss is caused by female pattern baldness. Other causes of hair loss can be hormones, thyroid, anemia, over processed hair, chemicals, or pollutants in the air and food.

We evaluate clients based on their personal history, lifestyle, genetic factors and environment conditions and decide which option is best for them. Call Christoffels with any questions you may have about your hair loss or the non-surgical hair restoration process.


Low-Level Laser and the Complete Treatment Program

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In our latest blog “When Should I Take Action Against Hair Loss”, we talked about the right time to treat hair loss and the answer was to treat it early, but to have realistic expectations with the process.

Terry came to us at an early age with minimal hair in his front hairline and in his temple area. He was too young for a transplant but needed to do something to stop the shedding and receding hairline. After looking at his family history it was obvious that he would continue to lose hair if he didn’t try to control it.

Based on treatments that have been proven to work, we decided to use a combination of 5% minoxidil and low-level laser. Terry has been using the laser band for 15 minutes a day, three times a week and minoxidil once daily.  After a year and a half of consistent treatment the results have been fantastic.  Terry has been able to control the hair loss but has also had hair regrowth. This is a great example of a reasonable expectation for results. Call Christoffels Hair Restoration with any questions you may have about your hair loss or the hair restoration process.

before and after low-level laser hair restoration

When Should I Take Action Against Hair Loss?

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A common question we hear is when is the right time to take action against hair loss. The quick answer is to act when you first see signs of hair loss, but when treating hair loss it’s most important to consider the long-term effects of the treatment option. Let us explain. If an 18 year-old man comes to us with excessive shedding and the beginning of a receding hairline, a surgical transplant is not the best option for him.  Until his hair loss pattern is defined it’s not possible to correctly design the frontal hairline or know how far the hair loss will come down on the sides and crown area.

So what are the options for this young man? In most cases, we would recommend a treatment combination of Minoxidil and low-level laser.  For an 18 year-old, our goal would be to stop or slow down the hair loss. Young men in the early stages of hair loss have the best chance of seeing positive results with consistent and daily treatment.  A reasonable goal would be to get their hair density back to where it was two years ago.

The results we see every day at Christoffels Hair Restoration prove the importance of starting treatment early.  The earlier we start the treatment against D.H.T., the better we can control hair shedding.

Watch for the follow up story of Terry’s successful treatment.